Friday, November 14, 2008

Big "Head" Monkees

It's the 40th anniversary of one of my favorite movies, Head starring The Monkees.

Don't start with me, people. I also liked Skidoo for the simple audacity that director Otto Preminger had to cast Groucho Marx as a pot smoking mob boss named "God".

I can't explain the plot to you even if I could, so I'll let Wikipedia do it, since I'm surprised that they even had an entry for it. All I know is that when I met Mickey Dolenz at Dragon*Con this year, he explained that the Pre-Fab Four met up with Jack Nicholson and "wrote" the script. Of course, they did have some special "help". Which is why the movie had Sonny Liston, Annette Funnicello and Frank Zappa in the cast. Timothy Carey is also in the film, so you can see how folks hate it ("ATTA BOY, MIKE" is nearly all he says). Peter Tork has his own version of what happened here, but I don't think it's any really different that what happened to the rest of the group

Like I said, I like the movie as one of the few movies that actually lets you into the Psychedelic Era without the use of LSD. Here's my favorite song from the movie called "The Porpoise Song" written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin that actually bookends the film. Trust me, after the first five minutes it just gets trippier than this.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love the Monkees, but I can leave Head. The porpoise song is cool, but the rest of the movie was just too bizarre for me.


PS I'm hoping for the Monkee's second season for Xmas. We'll see if my wife loves me or hates me.